Osteopath Jane given Olympic backing

Jane Jeater
Jane Jeater

OSTEOPATH Jane Jeater could soon be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Usain Bolt and Jessica Innes after being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the London Olympics.

The practitioner, who works at the Wellington Centre in Hastings, has been chosen to be part of the Central Medical Unit at the greatest show on earth this summer.

Jane was one of dozens of specialists from across the country who applied to be part of the team.

The unit will provide medical support to athletes and support staff from around the world during the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Before discovering osteopathy, Jane had graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester with a degree in Health Studies.

She then worked with people with profound learning disabilities for 10 years.

It was only after receiving osteopathic treatment for a back injury herself that Jane decided to go back to university to study osteopathy.

In 2004 she graduated form the College of Ostepaths in London and started working in local practices.

For the first time since the Olympics began, osteopaths are to be included in the host nation medical team, working alongside sports medicine specialists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health professionals to assist with the support and treatment of competing athletes.

Jane, who is originally from Bexhill and now lives in Battle, is a member of the British Osteopathic Association and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

She said: “Many osteopaths applied to be part of the team and to have been selected is a huge honour.

“To be part of this event at any level is very exciting but the chance to work with the best athletes from around the world is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“The importance of osteopathy in treating sports injuries has been raised to a new level of recognition.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to be working with some of the best sport care doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and sports massage practitioners from the UK and abroad.”

For information about British Osteopathic Association, visit www.osteopathy.org